Sheffield Beer & Cider Festival 2017 - Steel City 43

The festival is now over!

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the festival and a massive thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen.


Congratulations to all of our winners. There were seven LocAle brewers in the categories plus one in the overall (Blue Bee), 10 new beers and a new brewery (Cat Asylum), plus 12 vegan ales in there too. Check out the winners here:


Next year

We’re already planning for next year so please let us know if you want to get involved…

Steel City 44


  • bookTitle Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs - Download here: www.sheffieldcamra.org.uk/rhp This new publication, Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs: Pub Interiors of Historic Interest, the first CAMRA book about Heritage Pubs in Sheffield, is now available as a free download. This ground-breaking document is the first attempt to create a snapshot of the Sheffield Pub Heritage picture. Paul Ainsworth, Chair of the CAMRA National […]
  • apples and pears CAMRA Cider and Perry Month - Twice a year, in May and October, CAMRA makes a special effort to promote real ciders and perries. Unlike real ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, real cider and perry can only be made when the fruit is ripe and is tied to a natural cycle of the apple and […]
  • freshers societies Welcome Freshers! - It’s that time of year again when Sheffield welcomes around 20,000 new students who are beginning their degrees at one of our two excellent universities. Sheffield & District CAMRA would like to welcome you to what we think is the best city in the country for real ale! There are more than 300 pubs in […]
  • Paul Hamblett of Church End Champion Beer of Britain - You might have seen by now that Church End Brewery’s Goats Milk won the coveted CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain prize at the recent Great British Beer Festival in London. Unfortunately there were no Sheffield winners in any of the categories this year, but now your chance is here to change that in the future. […]
  • sheffield ale trails Ale Trail prize winner - We recently held a competition to promote the launch of our Ale Trails, with everyone who signed up to the mailing list by the end of July entered into a draw to win a free night out courtesy of Sheffield & District CAMRA. We had almost 100 entrants, and we can now reveal that the […]



  • abbeydale november Abbeydale Brewery - We hope a good time was had by all at the Steel City Beer Festival down at Kelham Island Museum last month! It’s always a fantastic event and it was great to have the opportunity to show off so many of our new specials, including the Sheffield debut of 1868 (10.3%), our collaboration with Jules […]
  • emmanuales Emmanuales - O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant; O come ye, O come ye down to The Sheffield Brewery Company for something truly magnificent. Since our conception (perhaps not by virgin birth… wait, was that too far?!), we’ve dreamed of putting on an event of biblical proportions. So, this Christmas, we have decided to have […]
  • Sheffield Brewery Company logo Sheffield Brewery - Gosh, we all love Christmas don’t we? Even if it gets earlier every year and people bang on about it in November (ba humbug!). There’s no better place on Planet Earth than seeing the Seven Hills dusted in white snow, the Five Rivers frozen over, and the good folk of Sheffield with smiles on their […]
  • kelham island november Kelham Island Brewery - Waterloo Sunset (4.0%) is our take on a traditional London porter and celebrates 50 years since possibly The Kinks’ greatest ever track. For Halloween we have a returning IPA in the shape of IPA of the Dead (5.9%) and a limited run of a brand new amber full bodied IPA we are calling Wicked Liquid […]
  • exit-33-brewing Exit 33 Brewing - We are honoured to be asked to brew the house pale ale for two Leicester pubs, The Blue Boar and The Alestone.  Packhorse Pale is named after the nearby packhorse bridge which was the only route into the city in times past. The beer will be on sale by the start of November. Our two […]


  • railway hotel Pub of the Month November 2017 - As always, it is a pleasure to reveal our Pub of the Month award winner for November. This month’s recipient is the Railway Hotel on Bramall Lane, a first-time winner of the accolade. Taken over and comprehensively refurbished by Jack Cater and his family in 2015, the Railway has shed its former identity as a […]
  • P1030816 October Pub of the Month presentation - There was a huge turnout at the Itchy Pig Ale House on Glossop Road to see owner Ted Finlay and his team presented with Sheffield & District CAMRA’s Pub of the Month award for October by our social secretary, Patrick Johnson. The four staff delighted to receive the award were (pictured left to right) Rich, […]
  • 20728161_1113723908728814_2047136036663817124_n Pub of the Month October 2017 - Sheffield & District CAMRA are delighted to announce that the winner of the Pub of the Month award for October 2017 is the Itchy Pig Ale House in Broomhill. The Itchy Pig opened its doors in July 2016, taking over a unit formerly occupied by a gift shop, and in the first year of business […]
  • shakespeares presentation September Pub of the Month presentation - Shakespeares showed just why they had been chosen for the September Pub of the Month award when members headed there for the presentation on 12 September, with nine real ales on offer, plus real ciders, and a range of craft keg and bottled beers. The regular ales, Stancill Barnsley Bitter and Abbeydale Deception were joined […]
  • olde nags head District Pub of the Season Summer 2017 - Our District Pub of the Season award is intended to recognise those pubs outside Sheffield city limits; any pub meeting that simple criteria is eligible for the award. The Summer 2017 edition of the competition was a two-horse race between the Eyre Arms at Hassop and the Olde Nags Head in Castleton. Following a hard-fought […]


  • gardeners rest Gardeners Rest, Neepsend - The Gardeners Rest in Neepsend is set to continue serving Sheffield’s drinkers for the foreseeable future after the Gardeners Rest Community Society raised more than £237,000 to complete the purchase of the pub and preserve its identity. The society was formed last October after it was announced that former landlords Eddy Munnelly and Pat Wilson […]
  • Drinkers at BeerX's 30metre bar Late Night Beers – part 1 - Going back 15 years or so, a big night out on the town in Sheffield generally involved going to a nightclub as pretty much every pub and bar closed at 11pm. It would cost £5-10 to get in the club (although there were cheaper offers if you went in before 11pm to beat the queues) […]
  • HeadofSteam_exterior Heritage Pubs – Head of Steam - The Sheffield & Hallamshire Savings Bank was founded in 1819. In 1860, the Bank moved to this building, designed by the architect T.J. Flockton. Early in the 20th century, the bank engaged in some small-scale expansion by opening several branches. It was not until after the Second World War that significant growth occurred as 15 […]
  • uREXI9Jn Closed Shop, Commonside - Food is back on the menu at the Closed Shop. Following an extensive refurbishment of the pub’s kitchen facilities, Stancill Brewery has appointed local chef Rose Heggie to develop brand new food offerings. Drawing upon her previous experience working at some of Sheffield’s best-known restaurants including Whirlow Hall Farm, The Summer House and The Rising […]
  • church house Church House, City Centre - Tucked away behind the main road near Sheffield Cathedral you will find the Church House, a lively pub in a Grade II listed building. The building was originally constructed in 1860 by the Church of England Educational Institute, an organisation formed in 1839 to promote the education of young adults. Over the next hundred years […]


Inn Brief

  • Inn Brief

    Thanks to everyone who attended the recent Heritage Pubs walks, which were completely sold out. The tours will take place again next year, during Sheffield Beer Week in March and again in September during Heritage Open Days.

    The Portland House micropub on Ecclesall Road is set to close in the new year and the building is currently being advertised to let.

    After months of speculation, the people behind the Brew Foundation have announced that their new micropub, the Ecclesall Ale Club, is hoping to open for business in early November.

    The Miners Arms in Crookes is no longer serving real ale, and is set to close completely in March next year.

    A new management couple is still being sought by Samuel Smith’s to take over the Old Mother Red Cap in Bradway.

    The Bar Stewards micropub on Gibraltar Street is now open six days a week. The new opening times are 17:30-23:00 Tue-Thu, 17:00-23:00 Fri, 14:00-23:00 Sat, 14:00-21:00 Sun.

    The saga surrounding the future of the Firwood Cottage in Walkley continues, with the latest rumours suggesting that the pub could stay open after all.

    The Silver Fox in Stocksbridge has now reopened.

    Edward’s on Glossop Road (formerly Stone & Taps and the Swim Inn) is set to officially open on Thursday 12 October. The pub will feature 10 local cask ales.

    One year after a successful crowdfunding campaign and six months after taking over operations, The Gardeners Rest Community Society has managed to complete the purchase of The Gardeners Rest pub to preserve its identity. Eight hand pumps (plus two for cider) will continue to dispense a changing range of well-kept real ales to suit all tastes.


Below is a guide to beer events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next month or two. Whilst we believe the information is correct, we advise checking direct with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys. Latest listings of CAMRA organised beer festivals can be found on the  national CAMRA website and a guide to commercial festivals and pub events can be found online on aletalk.


Grimsby CAMRA

Thu 23 – Sat 25 Nov

The 4th beer festival from CAMRA’s Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire branch. Held at the Matrix Bar, Bethlehem Street, Grimsby, DN31 1JN, a two-minute walk from Grimsby Town train station, the festival will feature 24 real ales from around the country. Open from 12pm to 11pm each day, card-carrying CAMRA members enjoy free entry at all times. Direct trains from Sheffield to Grimsby run at least once per hour.

Otley Beer Festival

Fri 24 – Sat 25 Nov

The Otley Beer Festival returns for another year and there’s set to be approximately 60 real ales on offer over the two days. As always, the festival will be held at Otley Rugby Club, LS21 1HE, and will be open from 12pm until 11pm each day. Entry is £4, which includes a glass and a programme.

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Wed 24 – Sat 27 Jan

The nine Greater Manchester branches of CAMRA team up to stage this huge festival at Manchester Central, M2 3DX, which in 2017 showcased more than 750 beers and ciders. Tickets for the Thursday (£7), Friday and Saturday (both £10) sessions are on sale now at mancbeerfest.uk. CAMRA members can also attend the preview session on Wednesday evening (free entry).

CAMRA Great British Beer Festival Winter

Tue 20 – Sat 24 Feb

Rebranded and relaunched for 2018, CAMRA’s winter edition of the Great British Beer Festival will again take place at the Blackfriars Hall in Norwich. Ticket details will be announced soon.



  1. All the best for Sheffield Beer Festival.
    I hope the beers especially from the local breweries are not overpriced as they have been, especially last year!!

  2. Bassetlaw Beer Festival, Grafton Hotel, Worksop; 11/12 July
    Worley Men’s Club Beer Festival; 17/18 July

  3. Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival is delayed this year but has now been announced as 22-24 September and re-titled ‘Doncaster Town Beer festival’, not the 26th annual – that will be next year in the more usual Easter slot.

    The 2016 event is based at the Diamond Live Lounge on Wood Street/Waterdale and this will be the CAMRA manned location with around 50 beers expected to be available. In addition, many town centre pubs are taking part and will have festival bars and extra available.

    There would normally be an annual #DN1 event at the end of October/start of November but this year the two events have been merged to try and give Doncaster a different type of festival weekend.

    More details to be finalised, keep an eye on http://www.doncastercamra.org.uk nearer the time 😉

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